In the midst of the steamy, summer concert touring season, Keith Urban is giving his fans a chance to “get closer” to him, while enjoying a show in air conditioned comfort. Urban will bring his “Get Closer 2011 World Tour” arena production to Fort Wayne and the climate-controlled Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Keith Urban Tickets can be had for as little as $25.00 and are available from or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Other price levels are $42.50 or $59.50. Add in a hotel stay on Saturday night, and it makes for a perfect summer weekend getaway. Critics have called Urban’s shows “one of the best reasons in the world to attend a live concert.” They’ve said that fans would be “hard-pressed to find a better country - or rock - show anywhere.” Urban’s catalogue of hits; “Better Life,” “Somebody Like You,” “Days Go By,” “You’ll Think Of Me,” “Sweet Thing” and his latest, “Put You In A Song,” combined with an all new production, will give his fans a unique concert experience that has earned Urban a reputation as one of music's best live performers. What should make the Keith Urban show in Fort Wayne even better, is that the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne is one of the smaller venues on his summer circuit. That means fans can get even closer to the award-winning, international superstar – who just happens to be married to actress Nicole Kidman. The tour started June 18 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Florida and has made stops in the Carolinas, Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The recent tour stop at the i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois was reviewed by Quad-Cities Online’s Jonathan Turner.
“A wildly enthusiastic Moline audience welcomed back the 43-year-old Aussie with open arms, and most stood, sang, screamed, danced and thrilled during the duration of the electrifying, exhilarating 2-hour-and-25-minute affair of the heart,” Turner wrote. “The most exciting and satisfying live acts know how to really, sincerely involve an audience, and Mr. Urban did that wonderfully, with boyish confidence and easy-going charm. The boisterous i wireless crowd was clearly in the mood to sing, and the 27-song set list generously accommodated that fevered wish.”
Up-and-comer country traditionalist Jake Owen is opening for Urban on the tour. Local radio station, WQHK, will host a pre-show party for the 21-and-over crowd in the Coliseum’s Rooftop Lounge starting at 5:30 p.m., where they will give away ticket upgrades to get you even "closer" to the action. Be sure to stop in for a beverage and a sandwich before the enjoying the show in the adjacent arena. For more information, visit or